Ridgefield sticks with Frey, and GOP fares well here

Longtime State Rep. Republican John Frey beat Democratic challenger Jeff Bonistalli to represent most of Ridgefield in the state General Assembly. —Macklin Reid

State Rep. John Frey was re-elected with a resounding win over Democratic challenger Jeff Bonistalli, leading what looks like a Republican sweep in Ridgefield, though Democrats fared better statewide.

“I want to thank the people of Ridgefield,” Mr. Frey told the crowd in Republican headquarters after Town Chairman Bob Hebert had read off the vote totals.

“I can’t believe I’m finishing up 14 years.”

He thanked party faithful for their efforts.

“We had a great headquarters location. We had headquarters open 10 to 7, with a bunch of new volunteers,” he said.

“Thank you very much. It’s an honor to represent Ridgefield.”

Before coming up to congratulate Mr. Frey, challenger Jeff Bonistalli shared some thoughts at Democratic headquarters.

“I feel privileged to have worked with so many great people and with the support that I’ve gotten. And I’m proud to have run a positive campaign,” he said.

Unofficial returns from all polling districts, but without absentees ballots counted yet, showed Mr. Frey beating Mr. Bonistalli 7,458 votes (64%) to 4,102 votes (36%).

There are about 2,000 absentee ballots cast, and they’re still being counted so none have been added in.

Without the absentees, Republicans appear to have won every race on the ballot in Ridgefield. Republican State Senator Toni Boucher also won her 26th District. But Democrats appear to have won statewide with President Obama capturing Connecticut electoral votes, US Senate candidate Chris Murphy defeating Linda McMahon, and Democratic Congressman Jim Himes holding onto the fourth Congressional District seat that represents Ridgefield.

Official totals for Ridgefield balloting, without absentees, are:

  • President: Romney 6,321 (53%); Obama 5,244 (44%).
  • US Senate: McMahon 6,356 (54%); Murphy 5,244 (44%);
  • Congress: Obsitnik 5,811 (50%); Himes 5768 (49%);
  • State Senate: Boucher 6,990 (61%); Curry 4,414 (39%).
  • State Representative: Frey 7,458 (64%); Bonistalli 4,102 votes (36%).


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